MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, Fox News, & in Philadelphia Inquirer
Stem Cells Charmaine will be discussing Intelligent Design, Stem Cells, and Daycare over the next few days.
(And The Dreamer has a regatta, The Dude has a baseball game and The Diva will be singing on stage.)
Be sure to read Charmaine’s article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sen. Casey confronts a moment of truth, where she says,
Sen. Bob Casey’s first moment of truth in the U.S. Senate is approaching. And the issue is stem-cell research…
Given his campaign commitment to oppose federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, and given the role pro-life Pennsylvanians played in electing him, you would think the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 would be a no-brainer for Casey. Yet, suddenly there is some question about his position…
Despite the position candidate Casey took last year, bloggers pushing for embryonic stem-cell funding this year – bloggers including the Daily Kos and Californians for Cure — have listed him as one of the “Swingable Seven,” a group of senators who might be swayed on the issue…
Who would have thought that so soon in his Senate career young Casey would face a defining dilemma: Will he still follow in his father’s footsteps, or trample on his legacy?
Thank you to NRO Web Briefing 3/30/07 for the link.
Dr. Yoest, this article, though obviously well-annotated for its time, is now almost 10 years old. Much has changed in the economy and in numbers of single-parent households. Mobility of jobs and therefore of families has increased.
Given your educational background, I would hope that you could provide a similarly well-annotated update to this nearly decade-old albeit thorough analysis…
Charmaine might be updating some of the data on air. She is scheduled to be on Fox News this Saturday, 31 March, to discuss the NIH’s longitudinal study on day care by the NICH&HD. Hit time is between noon and 1, but is not confirmed.
She also did a tape-to-live segment for Anderson Cooper on Intelligent Design. Free Speech and open inquiry might still be possible in the public schools. Or should liberals censor and gag?
Anderson Cooper, CNN The segment is titled Intelligent Design, Creationism and Evolution in the classroom. Watch Charmaine debate Rob Boston from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
A Pew Forum poll from 2005 is the backgrounder and says,
Most Americans (64%) say they are open to the idea of teaching creationism along with evolution in the public schools, and a substantial minority (38%) favors replacing evolution with creationism in public school curricula.
While much of this support comes from religious conservatives, these ideas particularly the idea of teaching both perspectives have a broader appeal. Even many who are politically liberal and who believe in evolution favor expanding the scope of public school education to include teaching creationism.
But an analysis of the poll also reveals that there are considerable inconsistencies between people’s beliefs and what they want taught in the schools, suggesting some confusion about the meaning of terms such as “creationism” and “evolution.”
The Pew poll also has data on political party public perceptions,
The public also has distinctly different perceptions of both parties when it comes to dealing with religion and personal freedoms.
By a wide margin 51% to 28% the Republican Party is seen as most concerned with protecting religious values.
By a nearly identical margin (52%-30%), the Democratic Party is perceived as most concerned with protecting the freedom of citizens to make personal choices.
Tune in and let us know what you think.
Thank you (foot)notes:
See the Congressional Quarterly quote on Stem Cell Research.
Also see Does God Belong in Public Schools? published in The Weekly Standard.
Be sure to visit What is Wrong with Sober’s Attack on ID? (Part III): Ignoring the Widely Discussed Positive Predictions of Intelligent Design at the Discovery Institute.